do you qualify?

Treatable Conditions and Ailments

Proposition 215, passed in the State of California in 1996 [1], among other provisions “[ensures] that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes where the medical use is deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician who has determined that the person's health would benefit from the use of marijuana:

  • In the treatment of cancer
  • Anorexia
  • AIDS
  • Chronic pain
  • Spasticity
  • Glaucoma
  • Arthritis
  • Migraine
  • Any other illness for which marijuana provides relief

We see patients every day dealing with these and other health issues, including menstrual and pre-menstrual pain, anxiety, insomnia, neuropathy, IBS and Crohn’s disease, ADD/ADHD, diabetes, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, and as a harm reduction therapy.

Recent research about cannabis and treatable conditions has yielded some very exciting results; CBD, which is considered a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, has in particular has been shown to be very promising for cancer treatment [2] due to its anti-proliferative effects on cell metastasis in the human body, its effectiveness for treatment of autism, multiple sclerosis, inflammation, neurodegenerative disease, diabetes, and epilepsy, as well as anxiety and insomnia [3, 4]. Other cannabinoids are useful for different ends; for example, research indicates that cannabis rich in the THCV has anorectic qualities (e.g., it reduces your urge to have the munchies) [3] and it is being studied as a treatment for epilepsy, type II diabetes, and metabolic disorders [4].

The Apothecarium tests our medicine because we believe placing a focus on cannabis science will help guide our patients so they can obtain the best medicine for their needs.

Schedule an appointment with a recommending doctor

We realize there are many doctors offices in San Francisco that write medical cannabis recommendations, and we accept recommendations from doctor's offices all over the state. However, not all clinics are the same. Working on this side of the industry, we see HIPAA violations and other's carelessness with patients sensitive information on the internet. For these reasons, we want to recommend a few reputable doctor's offices for those new to cannabis, or those looking for a new doctor's office.

We are looking for doctors who make real, whole body focused recommendations; offices that treat patient privacy as priority and follow HIPAA guidelines and industry standards; and established clinics that issue recognizable, easily verifiable recommendations. 

If you prefer to obtain a recommendation from your personal physician, but s/he is unsure of the procedure, your doctor can simply fill out CDPH Form 9044

Qualified Cannabis Recommendation Clinics

COMPASSIONATE HEALTH OPTIONS - 1200 HOWARD  ST. - 877.535.3801

GREENWAY - 965 MISSION ST. SUITE #550 - 415.777.0157

GREEN EVALUATIONS - 1855-A HAIGHT ST. - 415.831.1032

MMJ DOCTOR - 1884 MARKET ST. - 415.554.0171

PRESTO DOCTOR - ONLINE RESOURCE 

MEADOW MD - ONLINE RESOURCE

We also realize  that there may be conflicting information out there about who is qualified to write a medical marijuana recommendation. For your convenience, we have compiled a list, but the detailed letter of  Prop 215 is accessible for all.

WHO IS QUALIFIED TO WRITE A MEDICAL MARIJUANA RECOMMENDATION?

·  Medical Doctor (MD)

·  Osteopathic Physician (DO)

WHO IS NOT QUALIFIED TO WRITE MEDICAL MARIJUANA RECOMMENDATIONS? 

·  Physician Assistant (PA)

·  Osteopathic Physician Assistant (OA)

·  Naturopathic Physician (ND)

·  Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)

·  Psychologists (PSY)

·  Chiropractors  

·  Herbal Therapists

· OR ANYONE ELSE

What you need to be a caregiver

As a caregiver of a medical marijuana patient, in order to pick up medication, you will need a letter from the recommending physician designating you as caregiver, or Page 4 of CDPH9042  signed by the physician, the patient, and caregiver.

On the initial visit, we prefer the patient to accompany their caregiver, but if that is not possible, the caregiver must bring the patients Medical Marijuana recommendation and California ID.